5.5.11

Paint Your Love, Week 5: Remembering Comfort


The other day, Kyla posted a great blog post about her comfort food, not just food like noodles or cupcakes, but anything that brings her comfort and nourishment to her soul.  I thought this would be a really great exercise for all of us to do as a part of Paint Your Love.
For me, collecting thoughts and images in one space really helps me gather my mind and realize what it is I want and need.  Compiling lists are also a great way for me to remember what I want and need when I lose track.  And this week, I am encouraging you to compile a list of your comforts like in Kyla's post, so you can always have that visual to go to when you need a quick way to find comfort.  I use pinterest obsessively to collect images that feel like me.  Whenever I am down or feel uninspired, I visit my pinterest boards and think "Oh duh, there I am!  I remember what I think is beautiful, inspiring, and feels just like my kind of cup-o-tea!"

This week, if you paint your nails, look to your process of nail painting as comfort.  It is a visual reminder that you are bringing comfort, warmth, and love to yourself.  You are painting on layers of protection and healing.  I'm one of those rare people that prefers wearing shoes than being barefoot.  I love the feeling of being wrapped up in layers.  I feel comforted and safe and protected.  And layering on nail polish feels like I am layering on comfort and protection too.  Paint your nails and contemplate how you find comfort and protection.  If you don't paint your nails, simply create a list of your comforts like I am going to do here as inspired by Kyla.

 I wouldn't call this my "favorites" list.  Also, many things on this list are incredibly uncool and will bring my hipster points waaaay down.  But everything on it is incredibly comforting to me.  So who cares!


ACTIVITIES:
Watching a movie with my boyfriend
Swimming in the ocean
Laying in the sun
Painting my nails
Going to outdoor summer concerts and plays
Watching Thursday night TV shows with my friend Allie
Pinning on Pinterest.  Addiction.
Rearranging my bedroom
Thrifting
Checking emails in bed.
Shopping for one fancy expensive thing...this happens very rarely :)
Walking through fancy stores and not buying anything at all, this happens every few weeks, haha.
Taking a Bath/Shower
Drives, alone, through the back roads of my hometown in Northern California
Reading a book by a woodstove/fireplace
Taking a nap in my boyfriends big soft bed.  I have a crappy little twin bed...wa wa.
Celebrating when the power is out.  I LOVE the feeling of no electricity!
Hiking
Snow shoeing.  Its like hiking in Narnia.
Working on Jewelry late at night while watching TV
Going to a Symphony
Seeing a speaker speak, rad folks like Ira Glass, the dudes from Radiolab, David Sedaris...

FOOD:
Sweet pastries
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Apples and Peanut Butter or Caramel
Chicken Pot Pie
Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  LOVE.

DRINK:
Hot Chocolate
Chai
Wine paired with a chunk of dark chocolate

READING:
The Alchemist - I've read it a million times and every time I gather more comfort and wisdom
Siddhartha
Catcher in the Rye
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Harry Potter

Movies:
The Little Buddha
Amelie
Everything is Illuminated
Harold and Maude
Mathilda
Oh Brother Where Art Thou
Snatch
The Fall
Stardust
Harry Potter
Rushmore
Love Actually
Shaun of the Dead
Cold Comfort Farm
Paris, Je T'aime

LISTENING:
My Most favorite song/Most comforting song ever:  "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers 
Joanna Newsom, album:  The Milk Eyed Mender
Fionn Regan, album: The End of History
Paul Simon, album:  Rhythm of the Saints
Alison Krauss and Union Station, album: New favorite
Laura Veirs, album: Year of Meteors
Ryan Adams, album: Love is Hell Pts. 1 & 2
Jose Gonzalez, album: Veneer
Lauryn Hill, album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Christina Aguilera, album:  Back to Basics - yes... I love singing her songs :) No Shame!
Buena Vista Social Club
Chanticleer
Nouvelle Vague
Patrick Watson
The Clientele
Jeff Tweedy
Camera Obscura
...ok I just need to make you a "Comfort Mix."


TV SHOWS:
Parks and Recreation
The Biggest Loser - I cry
Glee
Extreme Home Makeover - I cry
30 Rock
Secret Millionaire - I cry
Community
Parenthood - I cry
Modern Family
conclusion:  why do I watch shows that make me cry?  I cry from happiness.  It's allowed!


Hey, that is a pretty long list!  I'm never allowed to feel uncomfortable again because look at all my options for finding comfort!  Just kidding.  But seriously, it is nice to be able to see in words what makes me feel comforted.

What brings you comfort?
ps,  if you paint your nails this week, email me a photo at mooreaseal{at}gmail.com.  Also, if you post about your comforts, let me know!  I'd love to see what makes you warm and cozy. ;)

17 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post! It reminds me to read Paulo Coelho again, I just feel exactly the same as you while reading it! One thing that comforts me! And I am really looking forward to your "Comfort Mix"!

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  2. I love this! (and I also cry at secret millionaire and extreme house makeover - how can you not with all those lovely people?!) think i may just have to compile my own little comfort list (Ill contemplate while nail painting...)
    xoxo

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  3. Music always comforts me. More than anything. Amiina, Sigur Ros, Balmorhea. Working out has really helped me lower my stress level. Thank you for this post. :)

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  4. I also LOVE Pinterest (i.e. addicted!) and am so happy to add these movies you mentioned to my "movies I want to see..." board. Thanks! Great post!

    http://pinterest.com/zazazu/

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  5. OMG. Golden Brown is such an awesome song.

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  6. You just reminded me about how i need to count my blessings & be thankful for all the comforts i have too! :)

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  7. We are tv twinsies! I watch and cry to a very similar list :)

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  8. I love this so so much Moorea and you are VERY cool and your lists only confirms that! I loved Kyla's post too. ^_^ I definitely plan on painting my nails and making my own comfort list too! I know, I know, I always say I plan on and than get distracted. ;) But I will this time!

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  9. Yay! Happy to appear on this list. I agree with you; come over and watch shows tonight! :)

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  10. This is a fabulous post, I love your outlook on life! I am having a sick day from work and feel both ill and terribly guilty, but I know we need to look after ourselves above all else. xxx

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  11. pretty nails :D I love this type of post, its good to read about real girls after a long, long day T_T jeejeje this weekend I want to change my polish nail.. again XDD

    take care

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  12. Hahaha i love all the shows that make you cry!!! I cry at those too! Then I feel ridiculous when I'm sitting at the comptuer working on an embroidery and trying to see it through my tears and Evan walks in and sees me stitching and crying and he's like "????". Psh. Guys don't understand. It's amazing to watch someone else get $10,000, okay!

    Also, have you watched Christina on The Voice? Whole new respect for her!

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  13. Oh Extreme Home Makeover makes me cry too! Every time. At the begining when they watch the family's video and at the end when they move the bus. Love it.
    Also we have a show in England called One Born Every Minute which is basically a fly on the wall of a maternity ward and I cry every time they show a baby being born.
    Great post Moorea :)

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  14. Aww this is such a sweet post. This kind of sums up why I love your blog so much.

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  15. Please do make us a comfort mix!! This list is great. As always, your honesty is inspiring.

    I blogged my comfort list here:
    http://tiny-yellow-bird.blogspot.com/2011/05/stress-relief.html

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  16. This is such an inspiring post! It's funny, I use Pinterest in the exact same way. I like collecting photos that feel like me. Sometimes it's nice to have a visual reminder of who I am and what I feel like.

    I feel the same way about no electricity! I love it so much when it goes out. It feels like an adventure - I break out the candles and boardgames and embrace it!

    So yeah... I need to write my own comfort list. This is a great idea. I think I'll add it to my post line-up for this week.

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  17. PS: I love layers too - and the feeling of being protected and safe and comforted. (although i do love being barefoot, as well. lol.) I think this is why I love the rain so much - to me, the cloud cover feels very safe and protective to me. It's always been a very comforting feeling to me when it's overcast and rainy.

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